When you think of your favorite Christmas movies, which ones come to mind? Maybe It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone, The Christmas Story? The one that always comes to mind and that I must watch every year is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This is one of the best Christmas movies ever made! Even though you may have watched this movie a thousand times, here are 27 Christmas Vacation facts that you may not have known.
1. Christmas Vacation has ties to It’s A Wonderful Life. Not only is it showing on the TV during the movie, but Frank Capras’ grandson was the assistant director.
2. For a comedy, Christmas Vacation had a large budget. The budget was set at $27,000,000 even though there weren’t that many special effects. For example, Ghostbusters had a budget of $30,000,000. Luckily Christmas Vacation made back their budget plus some, grossing close to $72,000,000.
3. Audrey is the only person from the first Christmas Vacation who appeared in Christmas Vacation 2.
4. Cousin Eddie is based on a real person. Actor Randy Quaid used characteristics from a guy he knew in Texas when acting out this infamous character.
5. You may not have caught this, but towards the end of the movie when Ellen Griswold is apologizing to Mrs. Shirley (the wife of Clark’s boss), she assures her that it’s the family’s first kidnapping. While this may be true in this movie, but in the first Vacation movie, the Griswolds actually kidnap Lasky, the security guard at Wally World.
6. Stanley Kubrick who directed movies such as The Shining and Clockwork Orange, took note of Jeremiah Checkik. Checkik was a photographer at Vogue, but when Kubrick mentioned Checkik’s name, the scripts started coming in. The one that caught Checkik’s attention most was Christmas Vacation.
7. The funny thing about this was the fact that Jeremiah Checkik had never seen a Vacation movie before directing Christmas Vacation.
8. Eddie’s son, Rocky, doesn’t say a single word in this entire movie.
9. Did Clark’s childhood home look familiar? If so, that’s because it’s the same house that’s used in Bewitched.